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Alanoud Alajmi

Alanoud joined the SJD Program at Penn Carey Law in 2019. Before joining Penn, she worked at the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and taught at Prince Sultan University College of Law in Riyadh. During her time at Penn, Alanoud served as an SJD Writing Fellow and an Associate Editor at the Journal of Law and Social Change.

SJD program:
Alanoud’s dissertation focused on the relationship between data protection laws and international human rights, critically analyzing state exemptions using empirical governance data. Her dissertation committee consisted of Penn Carey Law Professors, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, Eric A. Feldman, and William W. Burke-White. She graduated in 2023.

Impact of SJD program in your career:
The SJD program provided the knowledge and necessary skill sets for pursuing and boosting my career.

What makes the SJD Program at Penn unique:
The program uniquely upholds a high standard of academic rigor that is both challenging and rewarding. The program also promotes in-depth learning and fosters a sense of community among scholars.

Advice to SJD candidates:
Plan each year of the program carefully. Maintain consistent communication with your advisor, utilize available resources fully, and always seek additional guidance when needed.